Monthly Archives: December 2013

REVIEW: Slaughterhouse 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

Once in a blue moon, Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, sees a Halloween Haunt maze that overcomes the usual two to four year lifespan that most attractions at the annual scare event last for. Such is the case of Slaughterhouse, a gory scream fest that was originally introduced to the Haunt line-up in 2008 by veteran designer Daniel Miller.

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REVIEW: Gunslinger’s Grave 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

 

Knott’s Scary Farm has seen many wild and unique themes come and go in the past 41 Halloween Haunts. However, never before has the Berry Farm in Buena Park known for its rich western heritage and style featured a ghost town-based maze for its annual scare event! It was something that Knott’s designers really felt should be done before anyone else opted to go for that theme, and so, the task was given to Gus Krueger (Endgames, The Witch’s Keep) to develop and design what would become Gunslinger’s Grave.

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Disneyland Resort 2013 Community Support

Disneyland Resort Bell RingersIn keeping with the annual tradition of the Disneyland Resort, please enjoy caroling about the Resort’s community support during 2013 to the tune of “Silver Bells.” Happy holidays!

$17 million, in donations,
Includes tickets and cash,
Disneyland
Has a feeling
Of giving.
Playground building,
Toy bins filling,
Granting wish after wish,
And from the community you’ll hear:

Disneyland, Disneyland,
It’s giving time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, care packaging,
Soon reaching troops far away.

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REVIEW: Black Magic 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

2013 was one of the best Haunt seasons Knott’s Scary Farm has ever had. With a world-class design team and fearless leadership at the helm both in Buena Park as well as Ohio, the very evident push was made to raise the bar of quality and overall event excellence this year. One of the new mazes that was a huge hit with fans, and was Theme Park Adventure’s favorite Scary Farm attraction this year, was Black Magic.

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New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk

8x10 at266pub shot CWRocksNYEThe countdown to 2014 begins at Universal CityWalk as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the new year with Los Angeles’ biggest and most dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration featuring spectacular fireworks displays, thousands of pounds of confetti, and non-stop live concert and DJ performances throughout Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood to welcome 2014.

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REVIEW: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2013

Permanently moored in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary is one of Southern California’s top tourist attractions. Once a mighty sailing ship, the Queen Mary is now a museum, hotel, events and dining destination that sees many thousands of visitors each year. During October, the legendary vessel takes on a very sinister persona; the Queen and its surrounding area become Dark Harbor, one of the largest Halloween events in the world. Theme Park Adventure had not paid a visit since 2010. Dark Harbor employs several TPAers and is operated by personal friends of ours in the industry, so when we began filling up our 2013 calendar for the haunt season, Dark Harbor was absolutely at the top of our list!

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Knott’s Berry Farm’s 12th Annual Canned Food Drive

Knotts LogoWith an estimated 400,000 people at risk of facing hunger every month in Orange County, 42% of whom are children, Knott’s Berry Farm has once again partnered with the Orange County Food Bank to help the community.  This year marks Knott’s Berry Farm’s twelfth year coordinating the food drive that feeds thousands in the Orange County area.

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REVIEW: Sinister Pointe Not So Merry Holiday Haunt 2013

[WARNING – ADULT CONTENT – NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN]

SINISTER_HOLIDAY_2013_7599As songs of good will and tidings of peace fill the air, the smell of warm cookies wafts from kitchen windows, and children dream of red-nosed reindeer and Santa Claus bearing gifts, Sinister Pointe in Brea, California, offers up something a little different than that with its annual Not So Merry Holiday Haunt. Geared for adults – and only adults – this event is a shockingly naughty Christmas romp with a strange and spooky assortment of evil elves, backwoods decorating, and a really jolly man in a red suit! It’s completely over the top, not for the prude or easily offended, and definitely something that no other haunt in California delivers during the holiday season!

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Winter Nights at Sam’s a Balmy Success

WINTER_NIGHTS_2013_7848With afternoon temperatures hitting above 80 degrees, a warm breeze in the evening and folks walking around in T shirts and shorts, you’d never guess it was time to begin our first Winter Nights at Sam’s mixer of the season! Yet, with Christmas just days away, that’s exactly how Mother Nature was playing her winter card here in sunny Southern California while other parts of the nation are getting snowed in and frozen solid! In 2012, Theme Park Adventure held its first Winter Nights at Sam’s meet and we were lucky if 20 people showed up to socialize and chill with us; as our group of regulars grows each month, we felt certain that 2013 would be different…

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm

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Special one-night-only entertainment serves up family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including the Midnight Party on the Midway! Count down the New Year with music, stilt walkers, party hats, and noisemakers for everyone. And new this year, the Knott’s Sky Cabin, adorned with special lighting effects, will dramatically rise to the top of the “K” tower to count down the final moments of 2013.  The cabin will reach the top at the stroke of midnight and the skies above Knott’s Berry Farm will be ablaze with colorful fireworks!

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